The Château d’Aqueria Tavel is dark pink. Take it up a notch or two and you would have red wine. It’s dark colour doesn’t surprise me considering it is from the Rhône. Rhône wines are seldom dainty. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Clairette.
As far as aromatics go chock full of raspberry and strawberry. There are also generous waves of red cherry. Overall there is sweet red fruit ruling the roost. The palate presents the same combination and type of fruit that is on the nose but there is a twist of dark chocolate and white pepper at the end of the palate. Straightforward, simple and delicious. Perfect for sipping but with substance enough to handle wild caught salmon and rainbow trout filets topped with yogurt, mustard and tarragon sauce. It would also suit grilled chicken with a spice rub. While it won’t improve in the bottle this can be held until 2027.
(Château d’Aqueria Tavel 2021 AC Tavel, Jean Olivier, Tavel, France, $24.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 319368, 750 mL,14%, RKS Wine Rating 91/100).